Yes, it is the view of the Dutch cabinet and many other politicians that art should be useful socially, contribute to social cohesion, revitalise, support economic development and so forth. I think that these politicians are inclined to follow the dominant popular sentiment.
The fact that politicians are less likely to support l’art pour l’art illustrates, according to Jenkins, the crisis in the world of art. The (art) elite is no longer willing or able to defend the ‘true value’ of art, the reasons for its importance. This approach hampers the debate about the artistic or esthetical value of art. People have fear to express an opinion about art, because, may be, ‘anything goes’. Jenkins is not completely against such social uses but thinks that it can only work in a custom-made manner. Such effects cannot be generalised nor be over-estimated.